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From Caring to Repairing, Summit Reverend's Relationship with SAGE Spans Parts of Five Decades

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The Reverend Kay Locke with SAGE Furniture Restoration Workshop volunteer Bob McAnally, who repaired an antique chest of drawers special to the Reverend.
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SUMMIT, NJ - The Reverend Kay Locke of Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit has a long history with SAGE Eldercare dating back to when she was in her 30’s and new to Summit, during which time she delivered Meals on Wheels to older adults in the community.

Now 80, Locke uses the SAGE Furniture Restoration Workshop for furniture repairs, including a favorite antique she bought at a church rummage sale. “I didn’t want to refinish the whole thing because I like the old patina,” she said. “And they did the most amazing job. It’s perfect.”

The piece was worked on by Bob McAnally of New Providence. McAnally has been a volunteer with the Workshop since 2002 as well as a former volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the SAGE shopping service. According to McAnally, who is 77, many of the projects brought to the Workshop, like the Reverend’s, are sentimental pieces.

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“SAGE has always been the place to come,” said the Reverend. “Such dedicated volunteers and always a respected place in Summit.”

The SAGE Workshop has been restoring and repairing furniture since 1961. About 25 volunteer artisans repair, re-glue, refinish, cane, rush and consider any wood item or furniture repair. Pricing is competitive and proceeds benefit SAGE Eldercare, a non-profit organization that is a leading provider of programs and services to meet the changing needs of older adults, their families, and caregivers throughout Union, Essex, Morris, and Somerset Counties.

The SAGE Furniture Restoration Workshop is located on the lower level of SAGE Eldercare, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Items can be left with the SAGE receptionist until 4:30 p.m. For information call 908-598-5531 or visit sageeldercare.org/shop-sage/furniture.

SAGE Eldercare has, since 1954, been focused on "helping to make the communities it serves amazing places to age."  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible, from helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care.

SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes. For more information, call 908-273-5550 or visit sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare is located at 290 Broad Street.

 

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